Monday, June 20, 2011

Commentz Korner | NYT cuts comments length

The following note to readers appeared this morning on The New York Times' homepage: "Starting today, the character limit on comments will be reduced from 5,000 to 2,000 characters. The shorter length will allow for an improved experience for commenters and readers alike. As always, we encourage you to share your opinions and reactions."

I believe Gannett already imposes a 2,000-character limit on its newspaper website comments.

Earlier: A year later, is your comment system working?


  1. I think this is a stupid idea. When media companies are trying to engage their readers and have them join the conversation.....very good time to start limiting their voice!

  2. " improved experience " Why does everything have to have a spin on it now-a-days?

  3. The NYT gets great and thoughtful comments, and has a minimum of the name calling and liberal media attacks I see in other papers, including the WPO. I think this is a good idea.

  4. Have you read some of these 5000 character comments? They're usually written by obsessive-compulsive gasbags. They say nothing of use that can't be said in 2000 characters or less. Or if the person just HAS to say more, he/she can break up that deathless prose into multiple comments.

  5. 11:35 Contrast NYT's comments with those at the WSJ. The difference? I believe the NYT has a real live human being read each comment before deciding whether it gets published.

  6. Those punks. Now that I've forked over my $14-a-month internet fee, they tell me I can't bloviate at will. Talk about a bait and switch.


Jim says: "Proceed with caution; this is a free-for-all comment zone. I try to correct or clarify incorrect information. But I can't catch everything. Please keep your posts focused on Gannett and media-related subjects. Note that I occasionally review comments in advance, to reject inappropriate ones. And I ignore hostile posters, and recommend you do, too."

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